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Law Council Suspends Two Lawyers Over Fraud

The Law Council has suspended two lawyers for allegedly defrauding their clients of millions of shillings.

Suleman Musoke and Kenneth Nsubuga Ssebagayunga were suspended for allegedly refusing to refund money belonging to their clients.

Musoke was suspended for two years for failing to remit Shs28 million to his former client, Henry Ddibya, aged 90 years. He has also been ordered to refund the money.

For Musoke, the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Council chaired by Mr Bruce Kyerere said: “We have read the complaint and the response thereto. Indeed the advocate (Musoke) accepted receiving the money. This committee is satisfied that the advocate who acknowledged receiving the money contravened the Advocates Regulations and he is culpable.”

On his part, Nsubuga was suspended indefinitely over fraudulent conduct in connection with a drafting a sale agreement for a fraudulent land transaction.

Kyerere said sufficient evidence was brought against Nsubuga but he refused to attend disciplinary proceedings.

“He is hereby suspended indefinitely until completion of this case. No good reason has been given to explain why he has not come to attend proceedings against acts of conducting himself fraudulently,” said Mr Kyerere.

Mr Ssebagayunga was dragged to the Law Council by Fr George William Ssemombwe following a land transaction that went bad. The committee heard that in December 2012, three people Yoweri Musumba, Richard Kakonge and Paul Sembatya introduced the advocate to Fr Ssemombwe to legalise in sale of a two acre land at Bwebajja where the complainant paid Shs120 million.

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“I paid Shs120 million and the advocate drafted the agreement and he was to remain with the title for onward transmission to enable a survey and transfer. Upon taking possession, I learnt that the three men were fraudulent and fake,” reads Fr Ssemombwe’s complaint.

 

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